Firefly is a TV show that only lasted for 14 episodes which had a super-passionate fan base at the time it was cancelled. Actually, its fan base has only grown both in size and fanaticism since. It’s a space western. (HOW AWESOME, RIGHT?) Star Wars meets John Wayne. Star Trek mixed with Tombstone. Fox didn’t really know what they had and consequently didn’t know how to market or place it.
Nathan Fillion (who played one of the main characters, Captain Malcolm Reynolds) made an interesting comment during an Entertainment Weekly interview recently. He said “If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to Firefly, make it on my own, and distribute it on the Internet.” WOW. I wish there was some way I could help make that happen. Luckily there’s already an effort underway to do just that. www.helpnathanbuyfirefly.com is currently trying to organize us Browncoats so that we can help bankroll it. I’d happily pledge $100 (yes Janie, out of my mad money).
It’s available on Netflix Instant right now. You should check it out if you’ve never seen it before. Although the genre “space western” is hard to comprehend, I promise you’ll like it.
It may sound crazy, but even Forbes.com is picking up on it.